How to Draw Cascading Banner with Roses

Originally posted @: http://blog.tombowusa.com/2018/05/08/how-to-draw-a-cascading-banner-with-roses/

Don’t think you can draw a banner with roses? Think again! Hi, Marie Browning here to show you the steps to create a gorgeous cascading banner adorned with roses using Dual Brush Pens and the MONO Drawing Pen from Tombow. Anyone can be an artist when you follow the step-by-steps to this pretty banner; perfect for June Wedding cards, tags or journal pages!

 

@mariebcreates #dualbrushpens banner and roses materials

Materials Dual Brush Pen Palette: 243 Mint, 195 Light Green, 245 Sap Green, 703 Pink Rose and 815 Cherry Colorless Dual Brush Pen N00 MONO Drawing Pen 03

@mariebcreates #tombowusa step 1 cascading banner and roses @mariebcreates #flowerart step 2 cascading banner and roses @mariebcreates #tombow step 3 cascading banner and roses @mariebcreates #draw step 4 cascading banner and roses

Cascading Banner Steps You will need to know what you are writing in your cascading banner. I’m writing “happily ever after” so I will need three word boxes. With the 243 Mint Dual Brush Pen and using the brush tip, draw the word boxes. Push hard and use the side of the brush tip so you make a thick banner box. Don’t worry, these brush pens can take the pressure! Draw in the black boxes and tail ends using the same method and color. These back boxes and tail ends go between the word boxes in a zig-zag manner. The tail ends with two flicks of the brush pen to form the notched ends. With the MONO Drawing Pen, draw an outline around the word boxes. Continue tracing around the back boxes and tail ends with the Drawing Pen. How easy was that? The next steps will show you how to draw the roses!@mariebcreates #roses step 1 roses  @mariebcreates #drawing step 4 roses@mariebcreates #monodrawingpens step 5 rosesSteps to Draw the Rose Accents With the 703 Pink Rose Dual Brush Pen, draw ovals for the rose blooms. Add the stems using the MONO Drawing Pen. It helps to place the leaves. With the 245 Sap Green Dual Brush Pen, add the calyx and side petals at the base of the rose blooms. Draw the round calyx using the fine tip of the brush pen. The side petals are just ‘dabbed’ lightly with the point of the brush tip to form the leaf shapes. With the 243 Mint Dual Brush Pen, use the brush tip and the ‘dabbing’ method to add the leaves. Use heavy pressure this time to make the leaves large. Use the Drawing Pen to outline the roses and leaves, add stems and the swirl in the rose bloom. I also like to add a series of curled dots to accent the roses. Finally, add a shadow under the swirl with the 815 Cherry Dual Brush Pen.

@mariebcreates finished banner and roses

Adding the Roses to the Cascading Banner

Here is the finished banner with the rose accents. The final touches start with adding shading to the back boxes and tails using the 195 Light Green Dual Brush Pen and the Colorless Blender. Leave the word boxes unshaded.  Add the roses using the above steps making sure the stems of the blossoms go behind the word boxes, but can go over the black boxes and tail ends. Finally, add your words to the word boxes using the Drawing Pen.

@mariebcreates happy birthday banner and roses @mariebcreates believe banner and roses enchanted evening banner and rose s

Here are three more Cascading Banner with Rose designs using the same methods stepped out in this blog! Try it, you will be surprises at how easy it is to draw! You can watch me make the roses on the Tombow Video Channel by clicking here (a bit different than what I showed here, but basically the same! The video also includes how to draw a rose bud!). Hope you try these easy Cascading Banners using the Dual Brush Pens!

 

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By |2018-05-12T11:59:05+01:00May 12th, 2018|Adult Colouring, arts & crafts|0 Comments

5 Reasons to Discover Zentangle® this Year

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2018/01/31/5-reasons-to-zentangle/

It’s Marie Browning here today, and in this post I will be inspiring you to tap into your creativity by giving you 5 reasons to Zentangle® in 2018. You can explore the reasons I recommend this easy-to-learn drawing method where you create beautiful small drawings with simple strokes. The materials are few for the traditional Zentangle® creations; but the possibilities are endless when you add color and different surfaces! You can learn all about Zentangle® from the Official Zentangle Website. 

Supplies Paper Tiles (3.5″ square pieces of high-quality paper, traditional surface) or good drawing paper MONO Drawing Pencils, my favorite degrees are 4H (for the strings), F, B and 2B
MONO Drawing Pens,all three sizes: 01, 03 and 05 For creating colored Zentangles®: Dual Brush Pens, TwinTone Markers, Blending Kit and Irojiten Colored Pencils

Five Reasons to Zentangle - Learn something new

1. Learn Something New

It’s time to re-discover your creativity! Zentangle® provides you with focus and a way to make your artistic dream become reality. You don’t need to know how to draw. You don’t need a lot of time. You don’t even need to worry about the outcome with this non-representational art form. You start making beautiful drawings from your very first one. The materials are simple MONO Drawing Pens and MONO Drawing Pencils.  Where to learn this fascinating art form? Chances are you have someone locally who teaches it! Look for your near-by CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) here!

@mariebcreates #zentangle #zenart Five Reasons to Zentangle - Create Art

2. Create Art

It doesn’t take long with this method to want to learn more. Soon your drawings will become bigger and with added color. YOU will be creating ART! You will want to mat and frame those gorgeous pieces you create! This underwater composition was taught at a Zentangle retreat on Vancouver Island. There are many such opportunities around the country for you to learn even more. Create this with MONO Drawing Pens, MONO Drawing Pencils, Dual Brush Pens, Irojiten Colored Pencils and the Blending Kit.

@mariebcreates #zentangleart #dualbrushpens #colorful Develop Skills

3. Develop your Skills

Develop the basic foundations of art through Zentangle®. Learn about lines and how to manipulate them to create drama and interest. Learn how to shade to create forms and shadows. Learn existing tangles (the patterns) and how to create your own. Learn about color and how to chose different color palettes to create beautiful harmonious artworks. All these skills can be learned and used with your favorite art form!

@mariebcreates #irojiten #monodrawingpens #tombowusa Start with classic Tangles

4. Mindfulness

This is probably the best reason to take up the Zentangle® method. Mindfulness. Learn to focus on creating each line as you draw complicated tangles without worrying about the outcome. Nothing is hard when you take it step-by-step. That’s why the founders of Zentangle®, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas like to say “Anything is possible, one stroke at a time.™” With just a pencil, a drawing pen, a piece of paper and a handful of collected tangles you can relax and ‘go into the zone’. Make sure to read the section on the Zentangle® site on “How did it start?”, it’s fascinating!

@mariebcreates #twintone #coloredpencil Resources to help you

5. Many Resources to Help you

There is a great world-wide community of Zentangle® and resources! From your local CZT to Facebook groups who willingly share their talents. Tombow’s Coloring Page Section of the website has Free Downloadable Zentangle® Inspired Pages for you to learn many different coloring techniques, many with how-to videos. My book, Time to Tangle with Colors, a Design Originals Publication, is one of the hundreds of beautiful books to learn anything and everything about tangling. Stop by my website www.mariebrowning.com to see my Zentangle® inspired blog posts. Have fun on your journey to learn this popular art form that EVERYONE can do! I’m sure I can think of many more than these 5 reasons, but maybe the main one is that you deserve to have fun with art!

Tombow 2018 Design Team - Marie Browning

 

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By |2018-02-12T16:37:22+00:00February 12th, 2018|Adult Colouring, arts & crafts, coloring|0 Comments

3 DIY Mini Valentine Card Ideas

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2018/02/08/3-diy-mini-valentine-card-ideas/

Hello friends, it’s Smitha here with a new blog post! It’s the month of love and I have 3 quick DIY Mini Valentine Card ideas to share with you today and all of them using glue!

Smitha Katti Valentines

Material list: Tombow MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue Glitter Sequins Gold Foil Cardstock or premade cards

 

1. Create a Card Using Glitter + Glue

Glitter is one of those craft supplies that we all have a jar of at home. It might be a tiny jar, but it never gets empty. And I am always looking for ways to use some glitter in my crafting! Today I used the MONO Multi XL Liquid gGlue to draw a few tiny hearts within my colored heart. This glue comes with a really nice pen tip that allows for such intricate details. I also added a few dots to fill in my heart. Then I poured my glitter over and tapped the back of the card gently to remove the excess glitter. Simple and easy and it’s so much fun playing with glitter!

Smitha Katti Valentines glitter

2. Create a Card Using Sequins + Glue

If glitter is too messy for you, sequins are a great way to add that shine and sparkle to your card front. Simply add tiny dots of the MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue to fill in the heart shape and then lay the sequins on top. You really just need the tiniest amount of the glue, you don’t want the glue to squirt out from under the sequins. And this glue dries nicely and forms a great bond with the sequins! You can also use this same idea to glue down tiny gems, enamel dots, buttons etc instead of the sequins.

Smitha Katti Valentines sequins

3. Create a Card Using Gold Foil + Glue

This final technique is a favorite of mine! Using the pen tip of the MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue write down a word or initial onto your heart. Simply hold your glue as if it were a pen, apply even pressure and letter slowly. The pen tip makes it really easy to draw and doodle letters! We need the glue to be tacky to the touch before applying the foil. So let the glue dry for about an hour and come back and check to see if the glue is tacky but not dry. Then place a sheet of gold foil on top of the tacky letters and press down firmly. Burnish the foil onto the glue with your finger tips making sure to cover all the area nicely. Peel off the foil sheet to reveal a beautiful lettered word!! This is surely a craft that you will LOVE!

Smitha Katti Valentines foilingSo those were 3 of my ideas for making Mini Valentines. Why Mini you ask? I just feel these Valentines look cuter in the smaller size, that’s why! Let me know in the comments below if you agree or not!

Smitha Katti Valentines

Happy Crafting!

Smitha

Tombow 2018 Design Team - Smitha Katti

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By |2018-02-12T16:32:58+00:00February 12th, 2018|Adult Colouring, arts & crafts|0 Comments

DIY Traveler’s Notebook Inserts for Autumn/Halloween

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/10/12/diy-travelers-notebooks-inserts/

Hey Tombow fans, It’s Katie here! This week on the Tombow blog we are partnering up with Paper House Productions to bring you some really fun projects. They sent me some really beautiful Autumn and Halloween papers and embellishments (thanks!!) and I immediately knew what I wanted to create with them: Autumn Traveler’s Notebook Inserts!

A Midori Traveler’s Notebook is basically a simple leather cover with an elastic band to hold notebooks inside and a band to hold it closed. That may seem pretty basic, but they’re really really neat. You can purchase inserts, but you can also make your own, which is what I am doing here today!

Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa

How to Create Traveler’s Notebook Inserts: Supplies: Autumn/Halloween Papers (I used papers by Paper House Productions) Paper Trimmer White Paper for the insides Stapler MONO Twin Permanent Marker Tombow Twin Tones MONO Permanent Adhesive MONO Aqua Liquid Glue Step one:

Start by trimming your paper down to size. To create a Traveler’s Notebook insert, you’ll want to trim all of your papers down to 8.5×8.25″.

Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa

Step two:

Fold all of your papers in half, stack them so that your cover is on top and all of your white paper is on the inside. For you insert you can use any sort of paper you’d like- printer paper, watercolor paper, etc. You’ll just want to include less pages if you use a thicker paper like watercolor paper so that it doesn’t get too bulky.

Next, unfold them but leave them stacked and bind the papers together by stapling through all of the layers along the fold you creased. I stapled twice, about an inch in from the top and the bottom.

Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa

Step three:

To embellish the cover of my Autumn insert, I sketched out a quote using a Tombow MONO J pencil and the MONO Dust Catch Eraser, which is my favorite. An eraser with no eraser bits left behind? Yes, please!

I colored in my bubble letters with Tombow’s new TwinTone Dual Tip Markers. These are perfect for adding little details like stripes and dots to your lettering. Here are 3 ways to Embellish Lettering using the TwinTone Markers!

Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa

Step four:

You can easily create little tabs on your insert pages by folding strips of washi tape or stickers in half along the page edges. Washi tape is not always super sticky, so to secure my tabs better I place a small line of MONO Permanent Adhesive where the washi tape will go.

Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa

Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa

I fell in love with the little witch feet epoxy sticker below, so I used a bit of MONO Aqua Liquid Glue to adhere it to a paper clip, so I can easily mark my place!

Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook ! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa

Want more Traveler’s Notebook crafts? Check out these posts by my fellow Tombow Design Team members:

Traveler’s Notebook Happy Mail Using Scrapbook Paper in your Traveler’s Notebook

If you make your own inserts, please share them on instagram and hashtag #tombowusa. Be sure to tag both myself @studio.katie and @tombowusa, while you are at it! To shop the products in this post check out TombowUSA and Paper House Productions!

Happy Fall, Y’all!

Tombow Design Team Member Katie Smith

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By |2017-10-13T15:37:43+01:00October 12th, 2017|Adult Colouring, coloring|0 Comments

Ribbon Lettering with the New Pastel Dual Brush Pen Set

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/09/14/new-pastel-dual-brush-pen-set-new-lettering-font/

Hi everyone! It’s Marie Browning and I am really excited about Tombow’s new Pastel Dual Brush Pen Set! I am even more excited to share with you a lettering style I developed using the pastel colors!

When the new  Pastel Dual Brush Pen Set and Galaxy Dual Brush Pen Set came out, I wasn’t sure which one I liked best – well, the verdict is in, I LOVE them both!  Enjoy the new Ribbon Lettering style using both pastel colors of the Dual Brush Pens and darker colors of the Irojiten Colored Pencils. You get the best of both worlds when you combine the markers and the colored pencils. The markers make the letters quickly and colorfully while the colored pencils give you the control for delicate shading.

Ribbon lettering step-by-step

Ribbon Lettering Step-by-Step Make the letters with the Dual Brush Pens using the brush tip. The upper case letters are about 3″ to 3.5″ high. The lower case letters are 2″ to 3″. Give the letters all the same firm pressure, no need for the fine lines with this lettering style. Use a light colored marker – the colors from the New Pastel Set are perfect! Using an Irojiten Colored Pencil the same color as the lettering, but in a darker shade, add the shade marks to the letters. Add the marks where the ‘ribbon’ crosses over or under (your call if the ribbon crosses over or under, for example, in the letter J the ribbon goes over and in the letter Y, the ribbon goes under), where the ribbon changes direction (you should be able to see this from your lettering) and where the ribbon ends. Look at the bottom right motif for different ways to finish the ribbon ends. Shade in the letters with the darker shade Irojiten to make the letters look like ribbon. Start dark at the shade marks and gradually shade lighter. The Ribbon Letter Alphabet

Here is the entire alphabet in Ribbon Letters, including both the upper and lower case letters.

Ribbon lettering examples A to IRibbon Lettering examples J to RRibbon Lettering examples S to Z

Suggested Ribbon Letter Colors

Here are some color suggestions using the lighter colored Dual Brush Pens and the darker match with the Irojiten Colored Pencils. As you can see, I used lots of the colors from the new Pastel Dual Brush Pen Set.

Color suggestions using Irojitens and Dual Brush Pens

 

Ribbon Lettering Variations

Now you have the basics for the lettering, see how easy it is to change it up to some very cool variations! This method is also great for creating banners and scrolls!

Ribbon Lettering examples of variations

Ribbon lettering Examples

Here are some examples of using the ribbon lettering! Hope you give it a try, let me know how you like it!

Ribbon lettering example 2Ribbon Lettering example 3

Ribbon lettering example 1

Tombow Signature Designer Marie Browning

 

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By |2017-09-15T17:39:19+01:00September 15th, 2017|coloring|0 Comments

10 Color Combinations To Create Magical Galaxies

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/09/15/galaxy-color-combos/

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Wave your hand if you love galaxies! Katie here and I have been in love with the galaxy trend for a while now and when I saw that Tombow was releasing a galaxy themed set for the Dual Brush Pens I got major heart eyes!

If you missed the release – Tombow recently released two new Dual Brush Pens sets: Galaxy and Pastel!

Today I am showing you different color combinations you can use with the Galaxy and Pastel set to create 10 different galaxies.

How to create a galaxy using the Splash technique:

Before I get to the color combinations, here’s a mini tutorial on how to create a splash galaxy using the Dual Brush Pens. This is my favorite technique that I learned from fellow design team member Marie Browning!

Supplies: Dual Brush Pens: Galaxy Set, Pastel Set Blending Kit Glossy Photo Paper White Pen Step one:

Apply Dual Brush Pen ink onto the Blending Palette. You can scribble the different colors around however you like, different ink placement will create different galaxies.

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Step two:

Spritz the Blending Palette with water, this will cause the ink to bead up and pool.

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Step three:

Press a piece of glossy photo paper face down onto the blending palette. You can swirl it around a little bit to help transfer the ink to the photo paper.

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Step 4:

Peel back the photo paper and reveal the galaxy! Photo paper is designed so that the ink dries instantly. So wipe away any remaining water and you’ve got a starry scene!

 

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Design Team member Jennie shared another fantastic way to create the galaxy look in this post.

 

Galaxy Color Combinations:

The Galaxy Dual Brush Pen set comes with 9 colors, but you can combine them in different ways to create such a variety of galaxies. Here are the combinations I came up with:

Dual Brush Pen colors: 606, 725, N25

 

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Dual Brush Pen colors: 676, 555, N25

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Dual Brush Pen colors: 443, 346, N25

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Dual Brush Pen colors: 443, N55, N25

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Dual Brush Pen colors: 346, 755, N25

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Dual Brush Pen colors: 725, 443, N25

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Dual Brush Pen colors: 755, 555, N55

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

When creating galaxies, It’s likely that the markers you first grab for wouldn’t be pastels, but why not? Pastels can create amazing galactic scenes just as well as the deeper colors.

Here are a few of the color combinations I created using the Pastel set, as well as the N25 Dual Brush Pen.

Dual Brush Pen colors: 991, 723, 620, N25

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Dual Brush Pen colors: 243, 452, 553, N25

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Dual Brush Pen colors: 243, 452, 723, 620

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

For this pastel galaxy silhouette I actually used All of the colors from the Pastel Dual Brush Pen set. The pastel colors do make for a very light galaxy, but I’m loving the soft effect they give.

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

So are you team Galaxy or Team Pastel?  I love both, so I’ll just say that I am #TeamTombow!

Grab the new Dual Brush Pen sets here: Galaxy, Pastel. Each set comes with 9 colors, and a colorless blender!!

To see more galaxies, come visit me on instagram, @katiebug92!

Tombow Design Team Member Katie Smith

 

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By |2017-09-15T17:34:11+01:00September 15th, 2017|Adult Colouring, coloring|0 Comments

DIY Envelope Scrapbook You Can Mail

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/08/28/postable-scrapbook-mini-album/

Hey everyone, Katie here! This week on the Tombow blog we are focusing on all things happy mail, which to me means anything that you can send through the mail to brighten someone’s day! So today I am showing you how to create a scrapbook mini album inside of an envelope!

This project is inspired by Moleskine’s Postal Notebooks, which are notebooks that transform into an envelope to mail. I wanted to create a handmade version so that I could fill it with pretty patterned papers and photos. Here’s how:

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

How to Create an Envelope Scrapbook – Supplies: Scrapbook Patterned Papers Envelope MONO Adhesive Permanent MONO Adhesive Removable Beginner Lettering Set MONO J Pencils MONO Air Correction Tape Transfer Foil Photos Scrapbook Embellishments Sewing Machine

 

Step one:

Unfold a regular envelope to use as a template. Apply MONO Adhesive Removable to the inside of the envelope and adhere it down to a piece of patterned paper. Trace around the envelope using a MONO J pencil and then cut the envelope shape out of your patterned paper.

I recommend using a double sided paper, so that you have a pattern on both the outside and inside of your mini album.

 

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Step two:

Measure the inside of your envelope so that you know how large to make your pages. Fold your pages in half and place them inside the middle of the envelope, with the folded edge up next to the crease in your envelope.

Depending on the thickness of the paper you are using, you will only want to add in 2-4 pieces of paper into your envelope so that it doesn’t get too bulky. I used 2 pieces of double sided paper for 8 pages.

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Step three:

With your pages opened up, use your sewing machine to run a straight stitch down the middle of the pages in the crease, sewing them to the envelope.

 

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Step four:

Now that the envelope scrapbook base is complete, all that’s left is to decorate the pages!

I added a bit of copper foil to each page. I always think adding a bit of foil to a project really makes it stand out, and the MONO Adhesive Permanent makes it super quick to add a metallic touch.

Simply run a strip of the MONO Adhesive Permanent along the page, and then press a piece of transfer foil on top of the adhesive. Peel it off and the foil will stick only where you applied the adhesive!

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Step five:

Add your photos, scrapbooking embellishments and journaling! I also wanted to add a little bit of lettering and doodles to this mini album, so I grabbed the Beginner Lettering Set and used Amy Latta’s new book Hand Lettering for Relaxation as a reference to add a few custom designs onto my pages.

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products! Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Here are a peek at a few of the pages I embellished. I recommend only using flat embellishments. Anything too large will make you envelope too bulky to mail.

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products! Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products! Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Step six:

Seal up the back of your envelope! I used washi tape to make it cute, but I will also be putting a piece of packing tape over top of it, just to maker sure the post doesn’t damage it.

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Step seven:

If you used a colorful piece of patterned paper to make your envelope like I did, you will need somewhere to address it!  MONO Air Correction Tape to the rescue! Just use the Correction Tape to create little white boxes and address your envelope with the Mono Twin Permanent Marker! 

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Want another fun Happy Mail project? Check out the mini album Jennie created in a Cassette Tape Case!

I mailed this mini album to my sister in Arizona, and it got there just fine with only 2 stamps on it! Depending on how many pages/embellishments you added, you may need to add more.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve mailed?

Tombow Design Team Member Katie Smith

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By |2017-09-03T20:06:34+01:00September 3rd, 2017|coloring|0 Comments

Coloring Books for Grown Ups 101: How to Color!

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When I first published Coloring Animal Mandalas, I just assumed that this would be a zero-instructions-needed kind of book. It’s coloring! Who hasn’t colored before?! To my utter surprise, how to color in coloring books has been THE most asked question I have gotten as a coloring book artist. I realized that most adults haven’t colored in 20+ years (or sometimes 60-70+ years!). Also, when you’re coloring as an adult, crayons just don’t cut it anymore. We want a great experience, and want to use great, grown up materials. So since I’ve been asked about this a zillion times, here’s my overview of how to color coloring books.

How Do You Choose Which Colors to Use?

I’ve been asked this question a lot. The question I hear when I read between the lines is that people don’t feel particularly artistic and are fearful that they don’t have what it takes to color something beautiful. To which I say: IT’S COLORING. 2 year olds can handle this. There is no wrong way to do it. And almost any color combination will look good. But in the interest of actually answering this question, there’s several ways to tackle color choices:

Go with a rainbow spectrum. Who doesn’t love rainbows? Go in blindfolded. Meaning: just pick up a color and go. Let the spirit of spontaneity take over. Go hip. Pantone releases it’s trend forecast twice a year. Admittedly, they are pretty good at it. Go overboard. Find an image with colors you love (I have a Pinterest board full of them here) and upload it to this free online color palette generator. I take no responsibility for the hours you will lose once you start playing with this tool. How Do You Maximize Relaxation While Coloring?

One of the main reason adult coloring books are getting so popular lately is because they are a major stress-buster and tension reliever. You know how artists create art to stay sane and get into The Zone? That’s what coloring does for non-artists. Personally, I don’t think that there is any wrong way to color for relaxation. I’ve heard of people coloring on planes, in front of the TV, in coffee shops, and even in therapy sessions. It’s all good. For me personally, I like to color in my studio, which is an enclosed porch and has tons of natural light. I try to do it when I know I won’t be interrupted for at least 30 minutes. I also like to color with my favorite music playing in the background. My go-to coloring music? The soundtrack to The Great Gatsby (2013 version).

What Materials Do You Use to Color With?

Below I discuss my favorite pencils, markers, and a few other non-traditional art supplies that are killer for coloring. This section contains affiliate links to products I have purchased with my own money and tested with my own hands. ?

Best Colored Pencils for Adult Coloring Books

Adult coloring books are intricate and have tiny details. Even if you have an attachment to the waxy smell of Crayolas, they are too fat to use for filling in tiny spaces. My number #1 go-to material for coloring is colored pencils. But I have a soft spot in my heart for art markers. There is a WIDE range of art supplies you can use, here are my favorites at every price point:

Sargent Art 50-Count Assorted Colored Pencils

I had a book signing at a local bookstore and ordered these for people to use so that they could play with some print outs and test the merchandise. I really didn’t want to bring my expensive colored pencils for strangers to use and abuse. I have to admit, for a cheap set of pencils these are astonishingly awesome. This is a GREAT beginner set for adults or teens. The colors aren’t quite as vivid or blendable as the higher priced pencils, but they are solid decent quality at a tiny fraction of the price. I’ve bought them for under $10, but the price fluctuates up to $14 or so.

Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencils, 132 Colored Pencils

The best of the best when it comes to colored pencils, I’m always raving about my Prismacolors on Facebook or Instagram when I’m posting pictures of my works in progress. Smooth, blendable, layer-able… they just rock. They are also kind of expensive (currently $80). I actually have the 150 color set, but the price of that set is almost $50 dollars more than the 132 color set. That’s not very cost effective for an additional 18 colors. Wish I had noticed it before I made the purchase! My only complaint about Prismas: they break. A LOT. And since they are wax-based they wear down incredibly quickly, so that after you sharpen your tip, it will be gone within just a minute or two. But despite these drawbacks, they give me the absolute BEST results out of all my coloring tools. In fact, every single one of my coloring books covers (except for the first one) has been colored with Prismacolors.

Faber Castell Polychromos


Polychromos are a close second to the Prismacolors. So close, in fact, that sometimes I prefer them over the Prismas despite the fact that I just said I usually choose Prismacolors first. Polychromos are oil based instead of wax based, and they are extremely high quality artist grade pencils (and priced as such!!!). They don’t have any of the problems I just mentioned in the previous paragraph – they keep a fine point for a long time after sharpening, they hardly EVER break, lay down smoother color and they are just as blendable. Sometimes, though, the colors are slightly less saturated than the Prismacolors. This can be a good thing a lot of the time, but other times I really want and need bright, saturated colors. Here’s a close up side by side comparison of the two. The difference is small, to be sure, and some people might feel like I’m splitting hairs. But I’m an artist, and I’m allowed to be picky about my colors. ? Frankly, when I don’t need bright colors, I probably reach for my Polychromos first because they are smoother and last longer. So, with all that information, you’ll have to make your own choice based on what’s most important to you!

Prismacolors Vs. Polychromos Colored Pencils

Close up comparison of Prismacolors Vs. Polychromos Colored Pencils

Derwent Inktense Pencils in Metal Tin, 72 Count

I am also frequently raving about my Inktense colored pencils, which are actually like watercolor pencils. They aren’t ideal for straight coloring, but are definitely ideal if you want to add a little water to your page. Inktense pencils are bright, bold colors that once wet turn to liquid ink that is permanent when dry.  If you use just a tiny bit of water, they can be used in coloring books with normal paper, and they will make your colors super-smooth and jump off the page. Side note: they also work on fabric. On. Fabric.

Best Markers for Adult Coloring Books

Because of my carpal tunnel wrist problems, I tend to color more with markers than I do with pencils. I wish they were as blendable as pencils, but they are just SO much easier on my hands to use. So if you are older, have arthritis, or carpal tunnel like me, start with markers.

Copic Ciao Art Markers, Set of 36

I hesitate to recommend Copic art markers to anyone but the most serious of coloring fanatics because they are redonkulously expensive. Like, $3 bucks PER marker expensive. I actually buy them at a local art supply store a few at a time and pay more than that each. But seriously? They are like coloring with liquid velvet. Smooth. Blendable. And you can color large areas in one solid color with no worries about overlap. The alcohol based ink takes slightly longer to dry than regular markers, which means you can color somewhat sloppily and still get even, smooth color. Prismacolor makes art markers that are slightly (only slightly) more affordable, and I’ve heard they are comparable to Copic markers, but I haven’t tried them so I can’t say for sure.

On the down side, they will bleed through your paper. Even card stock, so they aren’t great for double sided books. And always use a scrap piece of paper between pages in a book in case it bleeds through to the next sheet.

By the way, if you’re looking for a recommendation for cheaper markers that are good for coloring, there are a few that I can recommend, but in no way will they live up to the Copics. See below.

Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Markers

 

My favorite thing about Staedtler markers is that they are the LEAST likely to bleed through the paper (almost any paper) to the other side compared any other marker I’ve used. They also have very tiny tips, which make them absolutely perfect for the most intricate of details in your coloring books. But because the tips are so tiny, they are decidedly not good for coloring any large areas. I also don’t like that the largest set of colors available is only 36, and they really aren’t blendable.

But besides these drawbacks, I use them almost every. single. time. I color. They are just extremely versatile, reliable, and their tiny tips fit better into tiny spaces than the Copic markers will. They are also extremely affordable, and very well made/high quality. You can’t go wrong with them.

Sharpies Ultra Fine Points

I wasn’t a fan of Sharpies at first because they shared the biggest problem with the Copics (lots of bleed through) with little to no blendability. But I had a set laying around from a different project and I tried them in my Coloring Flower Mandala Postcards book and I kind of fell in love with them. The fact that they bleed a lot actually helps to keep the wet edge where you are coloring, making it so that when you fill in an area there isn’t a darker strip where the strokes overlap. And the paper stock in my postcards book is nice and thick, and I was surprised as can be that the Sharpies didn’t bleed through to the other side. So I’m using them a lot more lately – the trick to getting good results with Sharpies is to color just inside the lines, and let the ink bleed out to the edges of the area you are coloring. That way the ink won’t bleed into adjoining areas and you’ll get nice, clean results.

Other Coloring Art Supplies Sakura Gelly Roll Gel Pens

I was happy to leave this post up with my favorite materials above – but then I tried Sakura gel pens and I HAD to come update this post to rave about them for coloring. They came highly recommended to me by other colorists, so I ordered a set. I heard lots of complaints about other gel pen brands = that many of them skip or dry up, but I didn’t have either problem with these.  What I like best about them is that they are easy on the hands to use. I love my Prismacolors, but you have to press pretty hard on the paper to use them and after a few hours that can really mess with my carpal tunnel syndrome. These are like having opaque gouache paint in a pen – heaven! My only complaint is that they aren’t really blendable. For blending colors, stick with the Copics or the Prismacolor pencils.

PanPastels

You might have heard that some people like to ‘color’ with eyeshadow – considering my eye shadows are about $10 bucks a pop, it’s a CRAZY expensive way to color!!! Coloring with PanPastels is exactly the same – but cheaper than eye shadow and come in real colors you’d actually use. Not to diss neutral colors or anything, but a girl needs a big spectrum to choose from, ya know?! PanPastels are essentially chalk in the shape of a disk and are applied with a sponge, in the same way that you would apply eyeshadow to your skin. They really aren’t good for tiny areas. Where PanPastels really shine are in covering large areas, and unbelievable blendability. I use them, and have seen them used extensively on backgrounds, skies, and sometimes filling in the white space around a colored image.


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Customized Cup Tutorial with Cricut!

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Hi everyone! You know when you have a project in mind and it comes out better?! This is that project! I’m Jennie and I’m a lucky girl! Our friends from Cricut are so amazing that they sent me a Cricut Explore Air 2! I’m going to share a super easy customized cup tutorial!

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

For this project I suggest white paper like the one in this Rhodia Pad and a black marker. You can use the Black Tombow Dual Brush Pen, any Tombow Fudenosuke Calligraphy Pen or even the Tombow MONO Twin Permanent Marker.

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

I used the Tombow Fudenosuke Calligraphy Hard Tip Pen. I like the Hard Tip Fudenosuke because I like my upstrokes super thin. Then I took a photo with my phone. Nothing fancy, I just made sure I had enough light. I also used the PicTapGo app to add even more contrast and crispness to my photo. After editing I emailed this photo to myself.

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

Once the photo is in the computer, open the Cricut Design Space. On the left at the bottom, you are going to click Upload. Then you are going to upload your image.

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

The Cricut Design Space will ask what kind of image you selected. Let’s keep it Simple!

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

Now you are going to clean your image so you can cut it. You are going to click on the white spaces to eliminate the paper from the image.

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

When you erase it, you should see this pattern behind your image or lettering.
You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

Don’t forget the little spaces inside the letters. When you are done press the green button that says “Continue”. 

Now you can save your image to Print & Cut or just Cut. Insert the image in the project, adjust size and placing and get ready to cut!

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

When it was time to cut I got worried about the fine lines that I love so much but this little machine got the job done! Cricut Vinyl has over 40 colors and styles and this beauty is Holographic Opal.
You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

From your sketch book to the cutting mat! I think it was super easy to do! Now you are going to peel off the excess. To get the little bits out you are going to use the Weeder Tool from Cricut.You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

The Cricut Transfer Tape is perfect for these type of projects. It’s hard to pick a long skinny word like this without twisting it.  After you remove the vinyl excess, place the Transfer Tape at the center and smooth it out to the sides. Use a craft stick to rub the word until it gets attached to the Transfer Tape.

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

Before cutting the word I measured my cup. Don’t get too close to the handles. Leave a little bit more than 2 inches. Use a craft stick on top of the transfer tape to attach the vinyl to the cup.

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

Check out all the colors in this vinyl!
You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

The stars turned out perfect! They are around 1/4 of an inch. I’m going to use this same customized cup tutorial to make a cup with just tiny stars! You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

I hope you enjoyed this customized cup tutorial! If you try this tag me on Instagram @jenniegarcian! Make sure you follow me because I want to make a lot of them! #vinylallthethings!

Tombow Design Team Coordinator Jennie Garcia

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